On Monday 28 November 2022, the best of British hairdressing was celebrated at the British Hairdressing Awards. Sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, the big prize went to Cos Sakkas.
Judged anonymously by over 100 leading hairdressers , HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards are a celebration of hairdressing excellence. The awards recognise the outstanding achievements of stylists from England, Wales, and Scotland, as well as standout talent in specialist categories including Afro, Men’s, Avant Garde and Colour Technician. The biggest award of the event – British Hairdresser of the Year – is by nomination only and considered as the greatest accolade in the hairdressing industry. THis year’s winner was TONI&GUY’s guru of creative direction, Cos Sakkas.
The event drew 1,300 of the best dressed, and best coiffed, industry guests to the Grosvenor House in London. The glittering event is now in its 38th year. The host was comedian Katherine Ryan. She took on presenting duties alongside Jayne Lewis-Orr and General Manager for Henkel Beauty Care Professional UK & Ireland, Julian Crane. During the ceremony, guests enjoyed a spectacular performance by singer Professor Green.
A Celebration of Hairdressing Excellence
The stellar title on the night, HJ’s British Hairdresser of the Year 2022, was bestowed on Cos Sakkas. It saw him put together a winning photoshoot representing his aesthetic, skillset and visionary look.
Born and raised in London to Greek-Cypriot parents, Cos trained in TONI&GUY’s acclaimed Oxford Street Academy. He has spent the last 26 years progressing through the ranks to achieve his current role overseeing the creative direction and education offering of the hairdressing superbrand. He’s also a regular face backstage at London Fashion Week and an acclaimed editorial stylist.
Accepting his award on the night, Cos commented, “It’s amazing to win this award and I want to thank Hairdressers Journal. You’ve always been there for me. Schwarzkopf Professional was there to present me with Newcomer of the Year back in 1999. Here we are again today! I’ve been with TONI&GUY for 30 years and people always search for the grass that is greener, my grass has always been super green! I started with Toni and Anthony Mascolo, my mentor and the reason I am here today is Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck, she is my everything. I’d like to end with a special thanks to my TONI&GUY team and family and a special dedication to a beautiful friend, the late Franca Grossi.”